[Update] Diablo III In Development For Xbox One, Release Not Yet Certain
Update: Blizzard has responded to our request for comment on Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for Xbox One. "Our goal has always been to bring Diablo III to as many players as possible," a representative told us via email. "We’re excited about launching the Ultimate Evil Edition for PS4 later this year, but we don’t have any further platform announcements to share at this time."
Since Diablo III was announced for PlayStation 4, one question has been on the lips of many a console gamer. Readers have asked us, “what about Xbox One?” many times. The answer seems to be a bit more complicated than we originally realized.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition, which combines the original game and the new Reaper of Souls expansion is in development for Xbox One in addition to PlayStation 4. Don't take that as a guarantee that it will be released on Microsoft's new hardware, though.
Speaking with Videogamer, Diablo III producer Alex Mayberry says that it “makes more sense” to develop for both platforms at the same time. “The point is we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously,” he said. However, Mayberry was unable to comment on the current contract status with Microsoft.
Mayberry also suggests that the console release on new-gen hardware isn’t too far off. Diablo III’s Reaper of Souls expansion arrives tomorrow for PC and Mac.
We’ve reached out to Blizzard as a follow-up on the release status of a PlayStation 4 version and Mayberry’s comments on Xbox One development. We’ll update should we hear back. For more on what sets the console version of Blizzard's demon-infested franchise apart, check out our review.
This is the first we’ve heard that an Xbox One version of Diablo III is even in development, let alone in lock step with the confirmed PlayStation 4 version. At this point, I’d put my money on an Xbox One release happening. The question is whether it will feature the same save import feature that the PlayStation 4 iteration will include, allowing players to make a one-way transfer from last-gen to new-gen.